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User reviews: Positive (43 reviews)
Release Date: May 28, 2013
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Buy Crusader Kings II DLC Collection

Includes 43 items: Crusader Kings II: African Portraits , Crusader Kings II: African Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Byzantine Unit Pack , Crusader Kings II: Celtic Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Celtic Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Customization Pack, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield II, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield III, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shields, Crusader Kings II: Europa Universalis IV Converter, Crusader Kings II: Finno-Ugric Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Hymns of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Hymns to the Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome , Crusader Kings II: Mediterranean Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Military Orders Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Mongol Faces, Crusader Kings II: Norse Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Norse Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Persian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Persian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India, Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer, Crusader Kings II: Russian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Russian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Saxon Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Albion, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Byzantium , Crusader Kings II: Songs of Byzantium , Crusader Kings II: Songs of Faith, Crusader Kings II: Songs of India, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Prosperity, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Caliph, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Holy Land, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Rus, Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion, Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam, Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: The Republic, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Warriors of Faith Unit Pack

Buy Crusader Kings II Collection

Includes 43 items: Crusader Kings II, Crusader Kings II: African Portraits , Crusader Kings II: African Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Byzantine Unit Pack , Crusader Kings II: Celtic Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Celtic Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Customization Pack, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield II, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield III, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shields, Crusader Kings II: Europa Universalis IV Converter, Crusader Kings II: Finno-Ugric Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Hymns of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Hymns to the Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome , Crusader Kings II: Mediterranean Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Military Orders Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Mongol Faces, Crusader Kings II: Norse Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Norse Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Persian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Persian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India, Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer, Crusader Kings II: Russian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Russian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Saxon Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Albion, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Byzantium , Crusader Kings II: Songs of Faith, Crusader Kings II: Songs of India, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Prosperity, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Caliph, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Holy Land, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Rus, Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion, Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam, Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: The Republic, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Warriors of Faith Unit Pack

 

Reviews

“One of this generation’s greatest strategy games has just gotten a whole lot better, and with the recent news that Paradox have committed to another two years’ worth of expansions for this game, God only knows where this game is going to go next.”
9/10 – Strategy Informer

“If you were one of those who whiled away countless hours on Crusader Kings II, you’ll find another addictive and lovingly crafted time sink here.”
9/10 – Thunderbolt Games

About This Content

Europe is in turmoil. The land has been fragmented into petty fiefdoms. The Emperor is struggling with the Pope. The Holy Father declares that all who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of their sins.


Now Is the Time For Greatness…

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods is the fourth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG. Finally play as a Pagan or Zoroastrian ruler, with particular focus on the dreaded Vikings. Pillage and adventure according to true Viking tradition!

Key Features

  • Play as a Pagan chieftain and ravage your weak neighbors. If you remain at peace for too long, your people will grow restless...
  • The new, earliest start date is 867 AD. The Viking Rurik has founded the kingdom of Rus and the Great Heathen Army under the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok rampage through England
  • Play as a Zoroastrian lord and restore your ancient religion to prominence
  • Adventurers: Landless characters can gather armies and carve out new realms on their own
  • Prepared Invasions: Declare your intention to invade and watch your armies grow with adventurers and restless warriors, but don't wait too long to start your war or it might all fall apart...
  • Rebels with a Cause: Rebels are no longer a faceless menace – they are now led by characters with agendas
  • Loot and pillage provinces. Burn down cities and take their gold!
  • Sacrifice to Odin at the great Blot!
  • Christians and Muslims can dispatch missions to convert the depraved heathens
  • New beautiful Pagan interface skin
  • New events and decisions: berserkers, sejdr, curses, omens, divinations, runestones and much more

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:XP/Vista/Windows7
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required, Minimum resolution of 10248768
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X-compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers, Internet Connection for multiplayer, Requires the base game Crusader Kings II
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers, Internet Connection for multiplayer, Requires the base game Crusader Kings II
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: IntelR PentiumR IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard disk space: 2 Gb
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      > 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required.
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: March 24
Playing as Vikings

Lo there I see my father...

Hell yeah. Playing as a Norse is so much fun. All the raiding, pillaging and invading is enjoyable. At least to the point where it gets hilariously easy when you get around 2000 Gold + 2000 Prestige in one go by raiding Italy including Rome and Venice, Greece, Constantinopel, and even the yet to be Holy Lands. Maxing out all of your counties even those that you don't own while steamrolling Europe with your pagan single-border casus belli will give you plenty of hours of joy.

Buuuut. After that it really gets quite lame. The raiding becomes repetetive (who knew) and the inability of the AI to defend itself makes it even worse. There really won't be much of a challenge as the Christian states are highly unlikely to declare a holy war on you and even if they do you destroy them with ease.

I do recommend The Old Gods when you want to play as a Viking.


Playing as England

If you want to learn the basic game mechanics I can recommend playing as an Irish ruler. You can raid but wont be in imminent danger of being wiped out immediately.

Unlike when you play as Wessex.

And oh my god that is a nightmare. Having 20k Vikings right at your doorstep is quite intimidating when you command a maximum of 5k men into battle. The only way I managed to beat them was by hiring mercenaries with the money I earned from my marriage and joining forces with my allied Britains. And holy balls. I won.

Aaaaand hello Denmark Invasion! Here, friend. Take another 20k Vikings on a conquest to steamroll your lands! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.

Don't believe the DLC description stating that you can "defend your lands against the invading heathens". You will be very disappointed.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 8
I don't think I can put into words how great this add-on to Crusader Kings II is but I'm going to try anyway. I ♥♥♥♥♥ing amazing. I love playing as a tribe and also love how the chains that non-pagan religions tie around you freedom are just slashed and thrown away. I love being able to take over a kingdom that you're a part of without needing a casus beli and without a limit as to how many counties you can take over at a time within that kingdom. I love being a pagan and also the vikings. In my opinion, this is the best damn DLC there is for CK II and for some reason I can't really explain, playing as a pagan gives me a sense of freedom and it is just generally more fun and more interesting.

Great DLC, 9/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: March 9
Because i'm legally not allowed to have concubines in real life
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136 of 143 people (95%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 11, 2013
The Old Gods expansion for crusader kings 2 is a must have if you own the base game. it scales back the start date to the 800s when the vikings reigned supreme. Get acccess to norse religion events and other pagans. you can take up to three concubines and go pillaging. Your people will get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ if you dont declare war enough. This expansion is well worth the sticker price but you can easily find most paradox games go on sale once a quarter if you look in the right place. especially when its been out for a while.
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107 of 132 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: May 28, 2013
HAHAHAHAH! OH YES! OH YESSSSS! PLUNDER! PILLAGE! RAID! SACK! DESTROY! RAVAGE! CONCUBINES! SACRIFICES! A NOT USELESS TECH TREE! BEARDS! WODIN!
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